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Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean
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Comments for Do Not Open This Book

Do Not Open This Book cover art (Link goes to Powells)Do Not Open This Book: 04/09/10

My kids seem to have inherited my love of metafiction. After enjoying The Book That Eats People we checked out Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean.

What do you do with a title like that? Of course, you do exactly the opposite. You open it right up. Inside the book is a harried pig who is trying to finish the book before you read it. Every page turned is another moment of frustration for him.

In the middle of the book there's a funny mad lib style story where you're supposed to substitute in your own name. The result is a story within the story about how you as the monster are terrorizing the poor author pig as he's trying to finish his book.

The entire book is an on going argument with the pig. The reader gets to tease him as he writes. It's fun way to introduce writing to children as the story makes them think about what might go into a picture book.

Do Not Open This Book has been as much a hit with Sean and Harriet as The Book That Eats People was. 

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Comment #1: Friday, April, 9, 2010 at 21:23:59

Jeane

That looks like a really fun book!



Comment #2: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 21:20:12

Pussreboots

It is a fun book. Both of my children enjoyed it.



Comment #3: Saturday, April, 10, 2010 at 12:28:18

Sassy Brit -Alternative-Read

Just the sort of title that makes you want to open it and read it!

Clever!

Sassy
:)



Comment #4: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 13:53:22

Pussreboots

That's what we did. Many, many, many times.



Comment #5: Friday, April, 16, 2010 at 21:33:15

Marc

I have two young daughters and am always looking for something different for them to read than a straightforward story and this certainly seems to fit that bill. Will be on the lookout for this at the library next time we go.



Comment #6: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 16:49:13

Pussreboots

My preschool aged daughter loves Do Not Open This Book as does my older son. Take a look at my picture book and chapter book recommendations.



Comment #7: Saturday, April, 17, 2010 at 03:40:09

Elle

LOL this looks like a fun book! I agree with Sassy. Very clever! ;)



Comment #8: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 17:01:34

Pussreboots

It is a fun book.